The application of linear stochastic optimal control theory to the design of the control system for the air intake (inlet) of a supersonic air-breathing propulsion system is discussed. The controls must maintain a stable inlet shock position in the presence of random airflow disturbances and prevent inlet unstart. Two different linear time invariant control systems are developed. One is designed to minimize a nonquadratic index, the expected frequency of inlet unstart, and the other is designed to minimize the mean square value of inlet shock motion. The quadratic equivalence principle is used to obtain the best linear controller that minimizes the nonquadratic performance index. The two systems are compared on the basis of unstart prevention, control effort requirements, and sensitivity to parameter variations.